Our training studio provides group classes, private training, behavior modification and socialization options for pet dogs and canine athletes. Our all-star team of trainers is here to help you achieve your training goals. Come train and play with us!
Shannan Hall-Nutting, BS, ABCDT, CPDT-KA
Shannan and her husband, Jason, founded Finish Forward Dogs, Inc. in 2009. Shannan has been training dogs professionally for nearly a decade with significant experience working with challenging and powerful dogs. Shannan is a Certified Dog Trainer through both CCPDT (CPDT-KA) and Animal Behavior College (ABCDT), a CGC/STAR Puppy Evaluator and graduate of The University of New England where she received her B.S. in Psychobiology (Animal Behavior) and education in the cause, function, development & evolution of animal behavior.
"My philosophy is simple: Be fair, be humane, be just, be understanding and empathetic, have a heart and keep your promises. Teach your dog to trust you and to be calm and confident in the world around him and he will choose to look to you when needed and make good choices in your absence. Above all, be a good human, even when no one is watching."
Now living in Southern Maine, Shannan and her husband share their home with their four active dogs. Shannan and her dogs enjoy competition dog sports and spend their free time training and trialing in IPO (formerly Schutzhund) Competitive Obedience, Rally-O, Agility, Weight Pull, DockDogs, Tracking and various other activities.
Professional credentials: B.S. Psychobiology, University of New England, Cum Laude; Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), Honors Graduate and Mentor Trainer, Animal Behavior College; AKC CGC/STAR Puppy Evaluator; American Temperament Test Society (ATTS) Provisional Tester.
photos by Meredith Perdue of &Unlimiteddogs
FFD, Inc was founded by Jason Nutting and Shannan Hall-Nutting in 2009.
Get to Know Our Dogs!
INTRODUCING OUR NEWEST ADDITION...
URO1 SKYBLUE'S READ IT AN WEEP, RLP! Call name, 'Willow'!
Willow joined our family in June of 2013. She's a true ambassador with all the AmStaff qualities that we expect and adore. Willow is working and/or training in IPO, Obedience, Flyball, Agility and Weight Pull. She has begun her career in the Show Ring and despite her natural ears, we expect her to make some waves. She's a flashy little puppy and one that will reach for the top!
ARCHX URO1 Once in a Blue Moon's Bonechina 'Brina', CGC, RL1X-2, AOE-RL2X-2, RN, TT, RL3, UWP, AOE-RLV, RLVX
Our hearts will forever feel her absence as we said our final farewells in April of this year. Rest easy, sweet girl. You live on in the minds and hearts of every dog you helped and everyone you met.
Brina is a tough little competitor with a heart of gold. She remains true to her breed with an unwavering affection for human companionship!
Maverick TT, RL1
Deucey-B TT, RL1